Good food is essential to hosting a good party, but don’t let that stress you out. As local caterers of the best wings in Bucks County, we know a thing or two about feeding a crowd — and it’s all about keeping things simple.
Appetizers, or “hors d’oeuvres” for more upscale affairs, are the perfect way to make everyone happy. Your guests will love the variety of choices, and some of the tastiest hors d’oeuvres also happen to be the easiest to prepare.
Here are some of our favorite hors d’oeuvres to get you out of the kitchen and in the mood to mingle with your guests:
A mini meal on a stick, antipasto skewers look super special, but they’re incredibly easy to make. All you need are bamboo skewers and traditional antipasto ingredients such as mozzarella balls, salami, cherry tomatoes, black and green olives, fresh basil, and a drizzle of Italian dressing.
Pigs in a Blanket
Cocktail-sized sausage links have the amazing ability to fit in at any party, from casual to elegant. While traditionally wrapped in crescent rolls, other variations use biscuit dough and trendy toppings like everything bagel seasoning or grainy mustard on the side.
Stuffed Mini Peppers
A modern and more colorful version of the jalapeño popper, this simple hors d’oeuvre starts with a bag of mini sweet peppers from your friendly produce section. Simply slice them in half, de-seed, and stuff with cream cheese or your favorite prepared dip. Be sure to top them off with a sprinkle of crumbled bacon — because everyone loves bacon.
When you have a houseful of guests, but limited time to cook, cocktail meatballs are your go-to appetizer. They’re made with three simple ingredients: grape jelly, chili sauce, and frozen pre-cooked meatballs. Plus, your crockpot can keep them warm for the entire party. Serve them using toothpicks and kick back and enjoy the fun.
Every party needs something sweet. An array of mini desserts looks impressive without the additional work of slicing and serving. Party-ready treats that get people giddy include macarons, cookie pops, brownies, mini cupcakes, cannoli, and chocolate pudding shots.
Depending on the size of your group, you might round out these ideas with other crowd-pleasing starters like shrimp cocktails, spinach-artichoke dip, and an order of the best wings in Philadelphia. To learn more about catering options for your party, contact The Fresh Works today.